Irish Pub Guide
Dundalk - Dublin

This is a small guide to beer pubs in Ireland. Small being the most relevant word. But I'm trying. I've put it togther using "internet research": that is, from the websites of the pubs concerned.

I am perfectly aware that it does not cover Ireland comprehensively. Oh lord, give me €20,000 and I'll either produce the most perfect guide to the pubs of Ireland, or destroy my liver in the attempt. (For those tempted to keep me to my word, I will provide bank account details on request.)

Annoyed at the inadequacies of this guide? Fuming at the ommission of Ireland's best pubs? Then email me and put me right. Any pub selling Irish micro-brewed beer will be included. Let's be reasonable - if I include every pub selling Guinness, I may as well just photocopy the telephone directory.

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Irish Pub Guide
Dudalk Pubs

The Beerkeeper
12 Park Street,

Tel. 042 - 9335175
Fax: 042 - 9335175
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 17:00 - 23:30,
Thursday : 15:00 - 23:30,
Fri - Sat: 15:00 - 24:00,
Sunday : 15:00 - 23:00
Number of draught beers: 9
Number of bottled beers: 100
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks.
A specialist beer pub which opened in 2001. It offers a combination of micro-brewed Irish beers and foreign imports. They deliberately stock no Guinness products, in protest at the running down of Dundalk's two breweries.

The foreign selection has beers from England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and many others. It all adds up to the largest beer selection outside Dublin.
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Irish Pub Guide
Dublin Pubs

Messrs Maguire
1 & 2 Burgh Quay,
Dublin 2,
Co. Dublin.

Tel: (01) 670 5777
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 10:30 - 00:30,
Wed: 10:30 - 01:30,
Thurs - Sat: 10:30 - 02:30,
Sun: 12:00 -24:00
Number of draught beers: 6
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
A multistorey brewpub.
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The Porterhouse Temple Bar
16-18 Parliament Street,
Dublin 2.

tel: (+ 353 1) 671 5715
fax: (+ 353 1) 670 9605
Opening hours:
Number of draught beers: 10
Number of bottled beers: 100
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
A large multi-storey brewpub.

In addition to the house-brewed beers, it also offers a range of beers from the England, Belgium, Germany and the USA.
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Porterhouse North
Cross Guns Bridge,
Dublin 9.

tel: (+ 353 1) 830 9884
fax: (+ 353 1) 830 9920
Opening hours:
Number of draught beers: 10
Number of bottled beers: 100
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.
A north Dublin outlet for the Porterhouse brewpub. Located in a single-storey industrial-like building, it has a very trendy post-industrial look.
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More Dublin suggestions
  • 1. Dublin City Brewery Closed in 1st half of 2005. Became noticed by Diageo who squeezed their customers allegedly.
  • 2. Cobblestone. Still good bar, despite loss of DBC. New music bar opened in July at the rear.
  • 3. Dice Bar. Less dark now the windows are opened up. Small range of Belgian beers and good background music. Still has the beer promo.
  • 4. Flowing Tide. Still traditional interior. Busy.
  • 5. Matthew's. Basic boozer. No apron, but very friendly. Guinness €3.30 (Beamish €3.00!).
  • 6. Ryan's. Lovely from and stunning island back bar with snug rooms off it. Friendly staff and Paulaner Hefe-Weisse in bottles.
  • 7. J. Walsh. Good locals pub with cheap beer €3.50 a pint for Guinness. Sport now on the telly.
  • 8. 1780 bar (NOT 1870!). Very modern. Damned dear prices €8.00 for a single of Bushmills 16 yr old. Tour guides remain in character when having a beer in here at the day's end. Very amusing!
  • 9. Doheny & Nesbitt. Gets packed out. Still noice though.
  • 10. Doyle's. Quiet and relaxed. warning - does not open sunday lunchtimes!
  • 11. Foyle's. Awful. expensive and offhand staff.
  • 12. Ha'penny Bridge Inn. Good locals pub despite the location. You need to ask at the bar for the toilet door key!
  • 13. McDaid's. Great interior and fabulous upstairs bar. A must.
  • 14. Messrs. Maguire. Great place. No bouncer this Sunday. Does not push its own beer at all, which is a shame. The house beers are on their own tap mount at on end of the bar. Usual four regulars plus a smoked beer as the guest. All nice.
  • 15. Mulligan's. Ramshackle and a bit down at heel but really characterful and pubby.
  • 16. O'Donoghue's. Absolutely brilliant despite the diddly-dee music. Loads of wood fittings, including a serving hatch to the back room. Very laid back and friendly.
  • 17. The Palace bar (NOT Place). Stunning decor with some of the best show piece mirrors I have seen. Great wooden back bar.
  • 18. Porterhouse. Best beers in town by a country mile, escecially the cask conditioned TSB. Modern interior but lively. A little enamoured of Messrs. Jackson & Protz in the literature &c. but a great bar and expanding in the face of serious opposition from certain quarters. More power to their elbow.
  • 19. Stag's Head. Brilliant interior, very popular, but still laid back.
  • 20. Toner's. A hidden gem with an outstanding wooden interior complete with snob screens at the bar and traditinal decor. Not to be missed.
Information kindly provided by Ralph Warrington, gathered on a Dublin visit 14-18/07/05

Irish Pub Guide
County Wicklow Pubs

The Porterhouse Inn
Strand Road,
Co. Wicklow.

tel: (+ 353 1) 286 0668
fax: (+ 353 1) 286 1171
Opening hours:
Number of draught beers: 10
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Another outlet for Dublin's Porterhouse brewpub. Also a hotel.
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Irish Pub Guide
County Clare Pubs

Biddy Early Brewery
Co. Clare.

Tel: +353 65 683 6742
Fax: +353 65 686 4504
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 10:30 - 23:30,
Fri-Sat 10:30 - 00:30,
Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Number of draught beers: 7
Number of bottled beers:
Regular draught beers:
Brewpub founded in 1995.

It also offers a large range of foreign bottled beers.
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Irish Pub Guide
County Galway Pubs

2 Henry Street,
Opening hours: Mon - Sun 10:30 - 11:30
Number of draught beers:
Number of bottled beers: 60
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks.
Pub in the centre of town with the best selection of beer in Galway.

There are around a dozen bottled beers from Belgian, including Chimay, Rochefort and Westmalle. From England, there´s Old Speckled Hen, Fuller´s ESB, London Pride and Shepherd Neame Spitfire. The rest is made up of Polish lagers, German Pils and German wheat beers.
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